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Holy Roar: 7 Words That Will Change The Way You Worship

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  508 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published October 10th 2017 by Bowyer & Bow (first published 2017)
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Sharon Mariampillai
This was an incredible read. This book is an inspiring, insightful book based on the seven Hebrews words of praise. It is basically a textbook about Praise and Worship. As a Christian, I am glad that I bought this book after watching Chris Tomlin on his Holy Roar tour when he came to Abbotsford, British Columbia. I loved the writing and seeing the experiences between Darren and Chris. It gave me a glimpse into what true worship requires, and how there are different words for praise means. I love ...more
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-living
I got this book from the library after hearing Darren speak a message about the seven words of worship during Chris Tomlin's recent concert stop in Baltimore. The book is a good introduction to this concept, especially if you have never heard of the different Hebrew words for praise before. I thought it might be a stretch for small groups to get a full study out of the discussion questions that are included after each chapter, but it is nice if you want to take time a dig a little deeper into ea ...more
This book is very short and concise. I listened to the entire thing (at 1.5 speed) in one longish car trip. It is something between a book about what worship is and a memoir - Whitehead's chapters each take on a different Hebrew word for worship, bringing out the meaning, giving Bible verses, and relating examples, while Tomlin's parts are more short memoirs about writing individual songs that relate to each Hebrew word. The writing is good and engaging. Overall, it's a very enjoyable book about ...more
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great short read on seven Holy words of worship. Darren Whitehead and Chris Tomlin do a fantastic job in looking at these words and discussing briefly how they can be incorporated into your worship. Chris then looks at several of his songs and discusses how they also incorporate these holy words. Short but enlightening read
May 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was assigned for worship team members at my church, including the tech team (like me). According to this book, there is only one way to truly praise the Lord: with your hands in the air and at the top of your lungs. I disagree. This should be an interesting discussion.
Luke Eadie
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
This is a really insightful look at the different ways to praise and glorify God expressively. And I had no idea that Chris Tomlin wrote so many of the songs I sing weekly at church!
Ronald Scheese
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
High Praise for Holy Roar

My good friend Steve asked Katherine and I to join him to hear Chris Tomlin in concert this past Fall. During the worship performance, as a sort of intermission for the band, Chris introduced his Pastor Darren Whitehead. The result was my introduction to the book Holy Roar.

A powerful message is now a powerful book. In the Hebrew language, there are seven different words which mean Praise. Pastor Whitehead examines each and unpacks the Scriptures in a way which I had neve
A.C. Cuddy
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“What does it mean to praise God? In the ancient world something extraordinary happened when God’s people gathered to worship him. It was more than just singing; it was a declaration, a proclamation, a time to fully embody praise to God for who he is, and what he has done. In fact, in the Psalms, there are seven Hebrew words that are translated into the English word “praise,” each of which represents a different aspect of what it means to truly praise God.

In Holy Roar, Chris Tomlin and Darren Wh
David Steele
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Chris Tomlin has become somewhat of a household name in recent years. His worship songs have circled the globe and are songs in languages from every tribe and nation. I will never forget sitting with a group of college students in an Eastern block country. I was the only participant that did not speak a lick of Russian. These students belted out song after song in their heart language – and I didn’t understand a thing. But twenty minutes into the service, this group of joyful worshippers began t ...more
Crystal Scott
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge Chris Tomlin fan! When I seen he had a book coming out about worship I knew I needed to get this book. Holy Roar: 7 Words That Will Change the Way You Worship is a great book, Chris and Darren take seven Hebrew words that mean some form of worship and goes into details about each word, the meaning, how to pronounce the words, and how they were used in the Bible. These seven words are found in the Psalms!

When I first started reading the book, I knew I had heard these words before and
Jessie Young
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a simple book about how God wants us to worship. It’s not at all what we want or our preferences. We need to learn what God wants and do that. This book helps every reader, the new Christian, the teenager or preteen, the seasoned Christian and everyone in between, understand the words for praise used in the Bible and what they tell us about how God desires to be worshipped. The simplicity of the book makes it powerful. It’s not super deeply theological. It’s easy to understand and super app ...more
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: faith, devotionals
Our worship leader and myself went to Worship Together 2018 in Franklin, Tennessee. We had the opportunity to hear Pr. Whitehead speak on the seven words of praise. We then bought the book, brought it home, and went through it together as a worship team.

Similar to the word "love" having four different meanings in Hebrew, "praise" has seven meanings in the original Hebrew.

Understanding this has helped our worship team take our own personal worship experiences to a new level- I think, leading ou
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is a quick read. It does deal with Hebrew word translation but is in no way scholarly work. As a worship leader, I appreciated this book. There are essentially three parts to each chapter. You have the meat of the book- the seven words with descriptions and stories to bring that concept to life. Then you have a “behind the scenes” look into a Chris Tomlin song as it relates to the chapter subject. I found both of those aspects inspiring and interesting. Then you have a study guide sect ...more
Create With Joy
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
In their new book Holy Roar: 7 Words That Will Change The Way You Worship, world renown worship leader Chris Tomlin and pastor Darren Whitehead expand our understanding of what it means to come into the presence of God with praise and thanksgiving by introducing us to 7 Hebrew words that are translated as "praise" in our English Bibles, but have a distinct meaning in the Hebrew language.

Through story-telling, the exploration of contemporary worship songs, Bible verses to explore, and questions t
David Gamble
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religion
Maybe I'm a judgemental jerk, but I wasn't expecting much from a small book written by a couple of musicians about scripture and worship. I was wrong. This book looks at seven different words used in scripture for kinds of worship performed and what that means for us today. It was refreshing and surprising to hear not just the information but also how these two pointed out places where Christians need improvement as relates to the different forms of praise, showing that when we're not comfortabl ...more
Robin Hatcher
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing little book. I will be revisiting the chapters and letting the seven Hebrew words for praise go deep into my heart and mind. Praise has always been a big part of my Christian walk, in some seasons more than others. But that shouldn't be the case. I want to participate in the Holy Roar in ALL seasons of my life. I'm grateful to Darren Whitehead and Chris Tomlin (one of my favorite worship artists) for writing this book. While reading and marking it on my Kindle, I listened to the ...more
Beverly Duell-Moore
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much that I've read it three times! I will be reading it many more times! This is a book that I think that all churches should be doing a study on. I'm going to learn more about the different ways to praise our savior. There are a couple I'm already doing but, I want to be doing all the ones that mentioned in the book.

Chris Tomlin and Darren Whitehead did an excellent job of explaining the different ways to worship. They also did explained in an easy to understand way. It wa
Jacob Sladen
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this book you will be inspired to praise God more and do it unashamed. The stories Darren tells about how he got to where he is are so compelling. For example he moved here from Australia, but they put on his green card that he was a pastor when he was just a radio show host. So he’s been preaching in fear of getting deported. Chris tells many stories of how he wrote his songs or how music changed his life. For example his wife told him to listen to this song Good Good Father, which is now on ...more
Andrew Micah
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting thesis, wish it was more exegetical. Whitehead sort of leaves us to accept his understanding of the seven Hebrew words behind "praise" and "worship" without critical examination. I wish the book was longer and "showed its work." Be that as it may, it challenged and changed the way that I think about worship significantly. Especially the chapter where Tomlin discusses the writing of "God's Great Dance Floor." I had so much contempt for that song, but now that I understand the story, i ...more
Apr 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
This book grew out of intriguing sermon By Darren Whitehead on the seven Hebrew words that are translated as "praise" in the Old Testament, explaining the meaning of each one and its distinctive contribution to how we understand worship. The sermon was later supplemented by Chris Tomlin's short reflections on one of his songs, but in book form it remains mostly the original sermon with little nuance or explanation of the words' original meaning among the Israelites. Very light.
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simple, but solid and meaningful

Holy Roar peels back the linguistic film to help us understand a little better the nuances of true praise and worship. It deals with some basic Hebrew words and serves as an encouragement to bring us back to the posture for which we were created - kneeling, transfixed (bârak), eyes on Jesus, offering our spontaneous hâlal to the One who deserves it.
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before reading this book I was able to listen to Chris Tomlin's new album which is intertwined with this story. This is a very short book that is written from two different perspectives. I thought that was an interesting way to write this book as you do have to keep track of whose chapter you are reading. I thought this book shed some light on some of the backstory of the new album. There are different ways to worship and my favorite word discussed in this tiny book is Barak which means: To kne ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this short but chocked-full of joy book! Darren + Chris are a great writing and collaborating team. Their message is big and impactful and they found a simple and practical form to deliver it. The different forms of praise are beautiful and convicting, and I loved learning the meanings of each one and seeing how Chris Tomlin relates them to his songs. Love how this book leaves me encouraged to break free from inhibitions in praise and give God my full worship🙌🏼!
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely love this book if you want to understand what it means to truly praise God. I love the scriptures and reflective questions after each chapter and both authors testimonial stories in each chapter. I would highly recommend this for others to read. I will totally be going back to look at the scriptures to read for examples. Because of this book it will have me read scripture with care I. Praise and worship.
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
This was an extremely quick read about the 7 different Hebrew words that translate into "praise" in English. If you are familiar with the different words for love - agape, phileo, eros - this is a similar look at the different types of praise the bible speaks of, mostly in Psalms. Whether you are reserved or a little more charismatic in your worship style, there is much to be gained in seeing how a psalm reads a little differently when you understand the full meaning of the words.
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I got this book at a Chris Tomlin concert in my area last month. Pastor Darren Whitehead preached on the 7 Hebrew words for the English word praise, That sermon impacted me so much, I am so happy I get to enjoy the sermon again.
My favorite part of this book is the stories behind some of Chris' songs.
Chris McGrath
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a great little inspirational book. It's very short, and could comprise the worship and sermon time in a church service, but in its brevity it gets right to the point and gives context to Biblical worship that will probably be totally new to most Christians who can't read Hebrew. Definitely worth a read.
Hilary Peterson
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Chris & Darren wrote this together. It helped to listen to the worship songs as I was reading the book. It brought me back to worship. I was blessed to hear Darren preach at Willow Creek last summer & when I was finally able to read the book I realized his message in person was straight from the text. ...more
Robert Grogan II
A must read for those wanting to go deeper with their praise of God.

I am one of the praise and worship leaders at my church and Holy Roar taught me the different meanings of praise, showing me there are more depths of praise to experience. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to go deeper into their praise of God.
Duane Maddy
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorites! This simple book lets us know that worship is defined, has purpose, is a divine requirement for believers and our praise is not accidental. It should be required reading for all Christians. Standing, unplugged from our worship in church and life is not the same as being an active participant. Our hands and voices have a duty.
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With 12 albums, 16 #1 radio singles, a Grammy Award, 21 Dove Awards, and two platinum and five gold albums to his credit, Chris Tomlin is among the most well-known and influential artists in music. His songs include “How Great Is Our God,” “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone),” “Our God,” and most recently, “Good Good Father,” to name a few. It is estimated that each week 20–30 million people sing ...more

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